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Chess Tempo Daily Chess Puzzle

I replaced the older daily puzzle with chesstempo's daily puzzle (on the blog's right hand side) as this gives three levels of difficulty for all level's of play. Enjoy them. If anybody is not able to see them, please comment. Thanks

Goring Gambit at Sardinia

A fine win by Albert Patterson using the Goring gambit in the last Sardinia tournament. Below is the game with some of his annotations. Thanks to Tom Warner for sharing this game.

Biel 2010 tactic

Its been a while since had a puzzle come up. This ones from today's game between GM Rodshtein and GM Negi in the ongoing very interesting young stars tournament Biel. Black (Negi) had a draw here with ...Ne1+ Kg1 (other king moves are worse for white, can you tell why?) ...Nf3+ But black blundered here with ...Rxd4. Can you see how white won after this?

2010 July Friendship Chess Festival Results

The final results are complete. International Master Mladen Vucic FIDE rated 2336 and pictured on left, and Candidate Master Daniel Malkiel of Pittsburgh, PA FIDE rated 2208 were Co-Champions of the July 2010 Festival. There was a third place tie with Life Master Lionel L. Davis (FIDE rating 2167)and Erik W. Lubas. The winners of the U1800 were Yakun Hu, James P. Davis and Matthew Peck.

The Upset Leaderboard were as follows, Glenn Conlin, 550.5 points, James J. Paul, 450.5 points, Daniel Malkiel with 133 points and James P. Davis with 119 points.

I want to personally thank all those who helped make this a successful opening series. We look forward to the August Friendship Chess Festival.

Advance registrations are greatly appreciated! I hope everyone has a safe trip home.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador


Sixteen players headed up Day One at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. The first day results show International Master Mladen Vucic, (East Aurora NY), National Master Lionel Davis (Buffalo NY), and Candidate Master Daniel Malkiel (Pittsburgh, PA) at the top of the leaderboard with 2.5/3 points. Also in the hunt are Erik Lubas (8th grader), Yakun Hu (12th grader),Dr. James Paul, Neal Goldberg(Virginia) and James Davis with 2.0/3 points.

Sunday's schedule starts promptly at 10am and the Finals are at 2pm.

Kudos to third grader Miles James of the Urban Knights, for stepping up his game and participating in the Chess Festival.

Well wishes go out to Mrs. Ken Regan for her recent eye surgery and Neal Goldberg's mother who is in the hospital. Prayers for strength and guidance to Ken Regan as he helps with his wife's recovery.

Both local International Masters Vucic and Kenneth Regan,(2008 & 2010 Mayor's Cup Champion) are scheduled to participate in the August Friendship Chess Festival, which will also be at The Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. It will be held on Saturday, August 21st and August 22nd, 2010.

If you would like to register or get more information please reply to . Advance registration for the August Friendship Festival is Saturday, August 14th, 2010, Please mail and make checks payable to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221. Please include full name, USCF ID number and telephone number.

Respectfully, Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador


C. Boor, Fide Master, USCF rated 2322 from Columbus, Ohio and David "Pawnmaster" Mc Duffie USCF rated 1871, from Baltimore Maryland plan to be in the FIDE Open section this weekend at the Gloria J Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St, Buffalo NY. Looks like our marketing efforts are reaching other FIDE players.

Players can still register in advance with full name, USCF ID number, section of play and telephone number, reply to, no later than midnight on Friday, July 16th.

Two sections are FIDE Open and U1500. U1500, advance entry fee $30 or $50 Cash only at the door. U1500 Cash prizes are $150 - $90 - $60. Some U1500 advance entries are Dr. James Paul (Mayors Cup 2010 U1500 Champion), James Davis, Steve Baer, Demeterious Pyros, Yakun Hu, Joshua Hampton and James Hampton.

If you have any questions, please reply to

Thanks in advance for your help and continued support.

Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Patterson wins in Sardinia

Albert(Pat) Patterson(left) won the Sardinia Swiss tournament last Saturday. Patterson was in fine form,defeating Todd Thompson, Ryan Madden in a sharp Goring gambit, and then Mike Jocko in the final. Jocko and Madden tied for 2nd while Zach Madden won the u800 prize by beating Thompson in a playoff. Mike Jocko's daughter Katy also participated in her first tournament. Welcome to the USCF Katy!
Next tournament august 7th. See you there!